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A House Divided: War Between the States 1861-1865
List Price: $30.00
Your Price: $27.00
(Worth 2,700 Funagain Points!)
from 4 customer reviews
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A House Divided simulates the epic struggle of the American Civil War that was fought over the twin issues of slavery and state's rights. The period from 1840 to 1861 saw these issues brought to a boil, and in 1861 the nation became tangled in a terrible war that lasted four long years.
The game depicts the war between North and South from the First Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas Junction) to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse – or Grant's surrender at Harrisburg... Each player leads one of these two nations and makes the strategic decisions which determine the outcome of the war.
The game board represents the United States, north and south and from the Atlantic coast to just west of the Mississippi. The play map contains a number of boxes, each representing a city, town or locations important to the war. These boxes are connected by transportation lines – blue for rivers, tan for roads and black for railroads – which provide the paths to victory or defeat.
With point-to-point movement, low-complexity rules, and relatively few counters to maneuver, A House Divided can simulate the entire war, or the action can be broken up into year-long scenarios. Will you keep the Union whole or force the separation of the United States?
Average Rating: 4.8 in 4 reviews
Few games has been able to show the realistic issues facing a historical simulation while making it a good game to play at the same time. This is a game of simple rules and great depth. Used by some educators to explain the ebb and flow of the American Civil War, it is an excellent game even if the subject doesn't interest you.
If you must have great attention to detail or combat with extreme realism then perhaps this is not the game for you. However A House Divided will provide a fast paced extremely entertaining afternoon or evening. The concept touches on every major struggle that both Lincoln and Davis faced in the War Between the States. It is easy to learn and fun to play. It comes with optional and advanced game rules that will add a greater depth to those of us who like the challenge. For those of us who like simplicity and appreciate those games we can just dive into, this is the Civil War game to buy. Whether you are new to war gaming or an experienced player this game will be worth the playing.